Racing Victoria (RV) is greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Richard 'Darby' McCarthy, one of Australia's greatest jockeys and a pioneer within the Indigenous community.
Darby was a star on the track, highlighted by his numerous Group-level victories across Australia, and most notably for winning the prestigious Australian Jockey Club Derby and Epsom Handicap in 1969 at Randwick Racecourse.
These heroics on the track continue to inspire the next generation, with some of his most treasured possessions on display at the Horse Racing Gallery in the National Sports Museum at the MCG.
Darby was also a great advocate of Indigenous participation in the racing industry, and following his riding career gained a training qualification to help Indigenous youth pursue a career in the sport.
It was only fitting that in 2015 RV introduced the Darby McCarthy Indigenous Scholarship to help nurture the next generation of Indigenous leaders.
The scholarship continues to live on with the Buldau Yioohgen Leadership Academy who provide mentoring, workplace experience and educational pathways for its participants. A legacy befitting Darby and his passion to provide greater opportunities for Indigenous youth.
A true champion of our sport, we send our condolences to Darby’s friends, family and the wider racing community.